Jeffrey L. Kriha
August 27, 1959 – October 3, 2021
Preceded in death by father, Jerry Kriha; father-in-law, Ernie Archer. Survived by wife of 39 years, Peg Kriha; children, Justin (Mary) and Meganne; 3 grandchildren: Jude, Vivianne, Colette; mother, Janice Kriha.
Family will receive friends on Friday, October 8th from 5pm to 7 pm at West Center Chapel with VIGIL SERVICE at 7:00 pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, October 9th at 10:30 am at St Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific Street. Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to Creighton University, Athletics Department or Boys Town.
To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.
Jeff Kriha was born in Kearney, Nebraska on August 27, 1959, to Jerry and Janice Kriha. He grew up in Holdrege, Nebraska, graduating from Holdrege High School in 1977 where he was a multi-sport athlete and met many lifelong friends. Jeff attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
He married Peg Archer on May 15, 1982, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska, together they had two children: Justin and Meganne. He loved participating in their activities and coaching Justin’s sports teams. While not his strong suite, Jeff was even a pretty decent dance dad.
Jeff was a loving father and grandfather. He couldn’t wait to be called “Papa” and loved every minute spent with Jude, Vivianne and Colette. Jude and he had their project days where he was able to spend one-on-one time with him, along with trips to the park and getting ice cream. There were just so many excuses created to see those beautiful babies.
Jeff was everyone’s best friend and was happiest at home with his family. While he was a person who never asked for help, he was always the first person to offer assistance and with a quick You Tube search was able to learn how to make any repair. Jeff firmly believed in having the right tool for the job, so much so that he earned the reputation as the “gadget man”. If there was a new tool or tech item on the market, he was first in line to place his order and couldn’t wait to show off his new toy.
Europa Eyewear was his employer for over 26 years where he traveled the states of Iowa and Nebraska selling frames. Jeff always said he wasn’t really working, but that he drove around the state talking to his friends. The company was a second family to him; he had a special relationship with so many of those who built the company – too many to list! We were fortunate that Jeff was able to earn many rewards trips and we were able to travel to Scottsdale, Arizona, Mexico and Costa Rica with friends from all over the United States. He was the life of the party and we have the pictures to prove it.
Attending Creighton Basketball and Baseball games were favorite activities, even with restricted attendance due to the pandemic he was able to attend all but one home game this past year. Traveling with the team to various Missouri Valley and Big East games were a highlight and afforded him the opportunity of shoot hoops in Assembly Hall at Indiana University, a real bucket list adventure. In the last few years, he traveled to “Blue” York City for the Big East Championship where many family memories were made.
Jeff is survived by his spouse Peg; children, Justin (Mary) and Meganne; three amazing grandkids: Jude, Vivianne, Colette; mother, Janice; mother-in-law, Eleanor Archer; many brothers and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.